37 Reviews for Italia Celebrations
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After a lot of searching online we were so happy to find Brenda and Italia Celebrations. We could feel the fit immediately. We wanted a simple yet elegant wedding in a gorgeous location on the Amalfi Coast and she found the best of everything for us and helped us keep it within our budget. Not only did she not try to upsell us, she actually would let us know when we were veering over budget so that we could either cut back or prepare ourselves for the added expenses.
Alll the locations and vendors she suggested were just perfect and professional and really suited what we were looking for. And her taste was amazing. All the little added touches were meticulous; simple yet chic. The process could not have been easier, in fact it was fun and I miss our planning emails. Many of our guests have been to several destination weddings before and have all commented on how smooth and seamless all three days of the wedding celebration were. From the bus that picked everyone up in Rome to take them to the wedding location to the bus that took them back. We couldn't be happier, it was all such a dream come true!
Words cannot express how grateful and thankful we are to have had Brenda Babcock and Italia Celebrations orchestrate all three days of our wedding celebration on the Amalfi Coast in Italy!! Everything about our wedding was an absolute dream. Brenda completely took the vision that I had in my mind and all the inspirations from my pinterest board and made it all a reality. It truly was beyond my dreams and it wouldn't have been possible without her.
We started planning the wedding with Brenda for summer 2018 when I wrote to say that we didn't want to wait that long to get married and would it be possible to make it happen in only 4 months for summer 2017? I thought I was crazy at the time, but Italia Celebrations pulled off everything perfectly. Not only was it perfect, but Brenda and her team made every detail so memorable that my guests will never forget it. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience for us and for everyone in attendance.
The entire wedding planning process was a dream and I would HIGHLY recommend their services to anyone. I never once felt worried or stressed and it was everything I wanted and so much more. Brenda's taste, professionalism and recommendations were spot on for absolutely everything. I can’t thank her and her team enough for everything that they did to make August 3rd, 2017 the best day of my life.
Brenda and her amazing team gave my daughter the most beautiful and delightful wedding. Four months later, friends and family still cannot stop talking about it. You want perfection coupled with a stress-free experience? This is what Brenda provides. Also, she has a great aesthetic sense. I will never forget leaving the post-ceremony cocktail party on the lawn overlooking a Florentine sunset, and walking over to the bowling green set with two long dinner tables for 150. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the scene. The crystal, the flowers, the candles, the flickering lights and even more candles in the potted lemon trees lining the bowling green, with the garden fountains splashing above the boxwood hedges and lemons. This is but one of many beautiful memories.
Brenda helped plan my daughter's 3-day destination wedding in Florence, including a civil ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, a formal and informal dinner and the wedding itself at Villa Gamberaia. She also suggested a villa for our extended family to stay in during the festivities. Everything was perfection and met our very high expectations. Brenda was responsive, candid, firm but flexible, hyper organized and creative. She has a great network of vendors, and could suggest alternatives when price or availability was an issue. She listens carefully, was focused on our budget and many times suggested less expensive alternatives that would achieve the same effect. I really appreciated that she pushed back when she thought we were going off-course, giving the reasons for her suggestions, based on experience and value, but always willing to carry out our wishes. She proposed many small touches and refinements that we would not have thought of, and she and her staff were present during all of the events to keep everything on schedule and deal with any issues, so that my family could just relax and enjoy (which we did). She and her staff are also down to earth people with their senses of humor and perspectives intact. Many guests have said this was the best wedding they ever attended. I agree. I recommend Brenda without reservation
I had a wedding this summer with Italia Celebrations and she did a marvelous job for us! We had a three-day wedding, including a pizza party, Indian wedding and a Western wedding. The entire planning process was easy, organized, and actually very enjoyable. Brenda is very responsive on e-mail and on the phone, and a joy to speak to. She really knows her stuff! She kept an organized budget for us, and made making payments so easy and seamless. She was there ready and prepared for any question we had and always patient, and full of great ideas. When we went to Italy to see our venue and to select food, Brenda was there with us every step of the way. She organized a perfect weekend for us to taste the food and explore our venue. I am a perfectionist, but even I was BLOWN AWAY by the décor each and every night of our wedding. It was truly spectacular and beautiful, and beyond my expectations. Brenda organized all of the entertainment for us, which was quite a bit as we had different musicians every night. She organized all of their transportation and their hotels, and everything went absolutely perfectly. Brenda and her team also made beautiful gift baskets for all of my guests, so it was really wonderful to not have to worry about that. I could not recommend Brenda and Italia Celebrations more! It was a beautiful weekend that all of my guests are still raving about!
Our 3-day wedding at Il Borro this summer wildly exceeded our dreams and expectations. Planning a destination wedding for over 170 people seemed extremely challenging and stressful, but working with Brenda and her Italia Celebrations team made the planning experience incredibly enjoyable -- we had an unforgettable wedding. Many of our guests are still praising the event as "the best wedding" they have ever been to and the "experience of a lifetime."
You can trust Brenda and her team 100% as she thinks of EVERY last detail and skillfully, tastefully choreographs and executes. Whether it is an (amazing) firework display that begins as my husband and I cheer with our glasses, absolutely transforming spaces with flowers, tapestries, chandeliers, etc., fresh beer kegs from Germany, or a soccer game the day before the wedding, Brenda can work her magic to make any wish come true.
Importantly, Brenda is great to work with -- she is friendly, accessible, honest, professional and can tailor weddings to any individual need or request. The week after our wedding, my husband confessed, "I miss our weekly calls with Brenda" -- a testament that Brenda is so much more than just a wedding planner. She goes above and beyond and is truly the best at what she does.
I contacted Brenda for a very small private catholic ceremony. We were looking for something small, but still elegant. Our ceremony did not meet the minimum for many planners, but Brenda was willing to help with with my small ceremony. We only had a guest list of 6 family members. Brenda made it all happen. She made sure everything ran smoothly and it was exactly what I had envisioned. It was small and simple, yet tasteful and elegant. I had the best of both worlds: I got the stress free private ceremony, but also all the things every girl dreams of. She always was quick to respond to my emails despite the time difference; we never actually had to Skype because everything was handled. The day of the wedding, she was there to ensure that all went as planned. I can't thank her enough for all her help and patience. You won't be able to find anyone better.
We cannot imagine our wedding without Brenda anymore! Planning a destination wedding in Florence from 12 hours of plane ride away was never easy but Brenda made it as easy as it can get. After Skyping with a few wedding planners, we knew Brenda was the one. She has been always very responsive and tried to accommodate our ideas and vision of the wedding and in the end, she turned them into reality!
After meeting with her for the first time at the wedding venue four months before the wedding, I could trust Brenda even more. She had great taste yet practical and always mindful of our budget. We were also very happy with Brenda's recommendation on Welcome dinner, Rehearsal dinner, and the wedding venue.
We had guests from all around the world (East and West coast of the U.S., Europe, Hong Kong and Seoul) and we received so many compliments from everyone on all the events over 3 days, especially the décor (flowers!!) and food.
We would recommend Brenda to our closest family and friends with no reservations!
Brenda managed to exceed every expectation even we had for our own wedding! We had the most amazing weekend of our lives, and it couldn’t have happened so perfectly without her there every step of the way. My husband and I were planning a destination wedding while living in a foreign country and we felt so overwhelmed. But then we found Brenda, and she made the process as stress-free as possible. We trusted her opinions, and she listened to our vision. In the end, the food, music, décor, welcome dinner, ceremony, reception was exactly what we wanted while keeping our budget in mind throughout the process. She was very fast to respond, and helped with any questions or concerns we had through the way. Our friends and family still can’t stop talking about how amazing everything was! And it was attributed to all the hard work behind the scenes. And as well, Brenda and her team were with us the whole weekend, to make sure the events run smoothly, we couldn’t imagine our wedding without her!
What can I say - Brenda didn't just put on the wedding of our dreams, she created an 3-day experience at Il Borro in Tuscany so memorable, fun, relaxed, elegant, polished, beautiful and so personal to us that it still feels like a dream. Not only that, our guests, who flew in from 10 countries around the world, many with impossibly high standards, to this day still rave about it being the "best / favorite wedding they've ever been to." From the food, the band, the decor, the flowers (oh - the flowers!!!) everything was literally perfection.
From our first Skype call with Brenda, it felt like she knew us right away. Over the next 11 months of planning, Brenda patiently remained committed to accommodating our (sometimes rather elaborate) requests while staying firm on her recommendations and always helping us find ways to get value. For those of you who anticipate some difficulty / challenge from highly opinionated family members, Brenda is more than capable of taking on personalities. She bent over backwards for us when there was an issue with a vendor, determined to making my parents happy - which she did, 100x over. She's a strong, confident, creative, ultimate professional and I admired watching her get stuff done.
Finally - a review of Brenda's mastery is nothing without acknowledging her team, who for all intents and purposes are basically magicians / mind readers / highest experts of their craft. I absolutely loved her hair/make-up team and wish they were around to fix me up on the regular. But it was Noosheen, Brenda's florist, who still has a piece of my heart - she basically read my mind, then produced florals and decor beyond my wildest imagination. I still have goosebumps when I remember how she and her team transformed our venues...
My husband and I recommend Brenda with highest praise! You can't go wrong.
Brenda created the most amazing wedding for us, words really can't do it justice. The 2 day welcome dinner and wedding were just stunning, if you're nervous about having a destination wedding don't be - just hire Brenda, best decision we ever made.
Let me just start by saying that hiring Brenda is the best decision I have ever made. It puts my now husband in a slightly awkward position because having found Brenda through a wedding she did(to absolute perfection) on stylemepretty.com and worked with her while we planned our wedding for 2 years in Florence, Italy, I'm 100% certain that Brenda is my soulmate. We had a 2 day wedding in Italy - a welcome dinner for all the guests at the beautiful hillside hotel Brenda recommended for us and the wedding itself at Castello di Vincigliata in Fiesole just North of Florence. Words can't even describe the magic that Brenda and her team created. I had a very specific vision, I was extremely high maintenance, I wanted chandeliers and flowers suspended from the ceiling and whole heap of other things. Not only did they completely understand what I wanted they ran with it but they exceeded anything I could have EVER imagined. Brenda's taste level is exquisite, but she also understands what you as a couple are going for and then knocks it out of the park. I cried twice that day - when Brenda revealed how they had set up the courtyard at the Castello for dinner and when I had to say goodbye to her at the end. If you're having a wedding in Italy this lady needs to be on your team. If you're on the fence about a destination wedding, don't be, she made the experience an absolute dream.
I wanted to have my wedding in Florence and did a lot of research before choosing Italia Celebrations. I was planning a destination wedding so I needed someone competent I can trust on site and that was Brenda Babcock. Brenda was very professional, always prepared with great ideas and simply a delight. She made the whole process so much easier. It helped a lot also that she’s American as there was no trouble in communicating with her, and she speaks Italian perfectly so there was no trouble relaying exactly what I wanted to the venue and vendors. I would definitely recommend Italia Celebrations as Brenda has great taste, knows the lay of the land and will work tirelessly to make sure you get the wedding you always dreamed of. Thank you Brenda! Lots of love from the family x
I can't say enough to convey the incredible work that Brenda did to create a Tuscan destination wedding for our good friends. We attended their wedding event--3 days planned impeccably--at the Castello delle Serre in Serre de Rapolano. Everything Brenda did was performed with the greatest amount of attention to detail. Her aesthetic was great, she was punctual, and never stopped moving--though she also never created a sense of freneticism; instead, she maintained a calm and in-control demeanor.
We got to know a little bit about Brenda and she has such an exciting story. I enjoyed watching her work and getting to know her a bit.
When my partner and I contacted Brenda 6 months before our wedding date, we knew we needed an extremely qualified, capable, and resourceful wedding planner with an eye for fashion, style, elegance and creativity to design our dream wedding in Italy. I am a very organized and detail oriented person, so I was delighted that after only a few Skype sessions, Brenda was able to identify all of our wants, needs, and desires. Although we were separated by two different continents, Brenda was able to efficiently and successfully design our 3-Day wedding extravaganza at a beautiful Tuscan castle in Serre di Rapolano.
Brenda covered every detail of our wedding; from fabric selection for our wedding suits, to the welcome bags, to the most minute details of our wedding dinner table. She and her staff were able to present three unique and beautiful experiences, which was important to us because most of our guests are well traveled and know Italy quite well. Each day, they provided seamless execution of the day’s events from start to finish without even the slightest hiccup. Not only were our guests treated to a meaningful experience, but many of them expressed that they wouldn’t have changed a minute of our three-day celebration. It was universally felt that this experience was magical in a way that they would have never imagined. In fact, it was so unique and special that Martha Stewart Weddings print magazine has chosen to feature it in their upcoming issue.
With Brenda and her team, any couple can go through this process knowing their wedding will be well-planned, well-organized, elegant and exceptionally beautiful. Communication and planning were always smooth and effortless, but most importantly, the planning was fun. Thank you Brenda for the wedding of the century!
Brenda is an angel in disguise. She came straight from heaven to make this day perfect for us. She understands your needs, is very professional and responsive. Her team was perfect on the right day. We had so many issues during our wedding day including someone sent to the hospital. But I discovered everything the next day, once they were dealt with. It was so smooth... Thanks again Brenda !
We had an amazing three day wedding in the heart of Tuscany all organised by Italia Celebrations. As a couple with little time but a high bar, Brenda really was perfect for us. She has beautiful taste which make you comfortable with all her decisions. Even as the bride who was involved in many of the details, I was surprised by many little things that made our 3 day wedding truly perfect. She was extremely responsive throughout the process, and her recommendations were priceless. I also love that she helped us stay very close to our initial budget throughout thr process. The overall level of detail and professionalism were outstanding. Almost 6 months later we are still getting comments about what an amazing few days people had at our wedding.
Brenda and her talented team are truly exceptional and they went above and beyond our expectations. They offer a passion for fine detail and design, a wealth of local knowledge and connections, and a serious "can do attitude." Brenda's talent and work ethic was the "essential ingredient" to the unforgetable magic behind our wedding and I would strongly recommend her services for top notch American style events in Italy.
From our first converstation, Brenda clearly outlined expectations, and costs. Moreover, she quickly understood our vision for our wedding, and offered gorgeous and refined options, practical and realistic strategies, and alternatives to each detail, in a digestable and comfortable manner.
Not only did my family and I feel very comfortable entrusting Brenda at every stage in the planning process, but also in the care and treatment of details the day of the wedding. It was clear to us that Brenda was hands on and took every task to heart, from personally driving a four tier cake from Rome to the Amalfi Coast (a long and tedious trip), to unpacking sets of fine China and crystal.
I could not have been more elated with the magic in each small detail she handled. She frankly made our wedding dreams come true.
Thank you so much Italia Celebrations for such an incredible and exquiste job!
Michelle and Christopher
We had our absolute dream wedding thanks to Italia Celebrations. I’m used to NYC levels of service and efficiency and am very detail-oriented so whilst I love the Italian, relaxed vibe I knew that I needed expert help to plan the wedding and ensure that our vendors executed everything perfectly.Brenda offers the best of Italian and NYC wedding planning: She has an encyclopedic knowledge of venues in Italy, amazing contacts and is fluent in Italian language and culture- her NYC experience means she has a can-do attitude, impeccable attention to detail, a modern, beautiful approach to styling and an instinctive understanding of precisely what you want. I had such faith in Brenda that we booked our wedding venue without having visited it! Brenda understands exactly what you want, she totally gets it. She is the perfect blend of being decisive when required without being pushy. Visiting the venue, I fell completely in love with it and was so grateful for Brenda’s confidence and judgment in the venue – it was totally ‘us’ even better than we dreamt. Over the following months, I bombarded Brenda with questions about every wedding detail. She was always so helpful, patient, reassuring and made me feel calm and confident that the wedding would be perfect. We had vendors whose work we adored and whose company we enjoyed and we came in under budget- Brenda has total integrity and guides you on where to spend and save according to your venue, budget and priorities. It’s amazing to have a planner you can totally trust – to make the right choices, to connect you with the right vendors and to deal with everything on the day so that you can relax and enjoy it. Everything was flawless on the wedding day and Brenda was close by when we needed her but so discreet in her presence. Our wedding was a fairytale, just perfect, magical and beautiful beyond belief thanks to Brenda. I whole-heartedly recommend Brenda, she is wedding planning perfection!
Where do we start?! No words we will write in this review are enough to express our gratitude and appreciation for Brenda Babcock. One word kept coming up over and over again when our family and friends were describing our wedding: Magic. And that is thanks to Brenda, who was absolutely invaluable to us throughout the process, from the planning of our wedding to our wedding weekend itself, which was indeed a truly magical event. More than anything, she made the process of planning our wedding a fun one. We had kept hearing from people how hard and stressful planning a wedding is, but with Brenda's extraordinary attention to detail, impressive organizational skills and immaculate taste, planning our wedding was a great and enjoyable experience. Brenda has a unique ability to draw out people's own tastes and preferences, and complement and enhance these ideas further. For example, for our wedding, we kept leaning towards a vintage rustic chic palette, which Brenda detected early on and was able to hone in on to create and craft a beautiful wedding weekend in Tuscany, that was exactly to our taste (and beyond!). And from seeing photos of other weddings she did, it is clear that she has managed to do this for any and all types of palettes/tastes and locations. From start to finish Brenda and her team are there with you, from the first email/Skype to the wedding day itself, making sure that everything is working smoothly and seamlessly. Planning a wedding with Brenda is simply, and truly, perfection. The only downside is that we already miss her a lot!
There are no words that I can use to fully describe the extent that Brenda Babcock made my wedding magical. Even thousands of miles away (me from Indianapolis, and Brenda in Rome), Brenda made planning the Florentine wedding easy, fun, and flawless. She got to know my fiancé, my family, AND me (the bride), and uniquely altered the wedding to fit everyone's personalities while still focusing on the bride and groom.
Perhaps most importantly, Brenda made every process stress-free, while still helping me to be involved. She never scoffed at my ideas, and would always talk with me to build upon them! She can turn any problem around, and calm down even the most anxious of brides (me). Her eye for style is immaculate, and she creates a classy, fun environment in which everyone feels at home. Weeks later, friends are STILL talking about my wedding. She made it an experience that NO ONE will forget, whether it was the tours, the dinners, the food, the hair/make-up experience, the music, or the venue itself. She took care of EVERYTHING. This is because Brenda knows her stuff! After the past year of following her advice, if Brenda recommended a brand of TOOTHPASTE, I would trust it!
Brenda is not just a wedding planner. She is a miracle worker who I would recommend to anyone. She turned this wedding into more than I could have even dreamed. Brenda Babcock is wedding planning at its finest.
Our destination wedding was the best experience of our lives. All of our guests agreed. It was held at the end of September in a picture perfect side, Villa Mangiacane, in Tuscany. 61 friends and family celebrated with us for three days. Brenda, our wedding planner, took us through every step with such grace, creativity, confidence, and professionalism that she quickly earned our complete trust. Every vendor she used was amazingly creative and implemented our concepts and ideas to perfection. Brenda's knowledge and ability to navigate the Italian culture made this a breeze. When people ask me if planning a destination wedding is difficult I tell them in many ways this was much easier than planning my other daughter's wedding stateside. This I attribute to Brenda who listened to my daughter's dreams and implemented them perfectly all within a reasonable budget for what we received. The three days of the wedding celebration she made sure everything ran smoothly working from morning until night and was never in the way. Our only regret is that we had to leave Italy to come home. We will always remember Brenda and her staff with fondness and would highly recommend using her and having a destination wedding.
No matter what I write, I won't be able to fully convey how absolutely amazing Brenda is! She immediately knew the "look" I was going for and always seemed to have the perfect suggestion for flowers, cocktails, wine glasses, etc. Her attention to detail is amazing! From the way she displayed the table assignments for the welcome dinner to the hand painted 'Ceremony' wedding sign to the cork bottle name cards, there were SO many little touches that I continue to discover when looking through our photographs. I received dozens of compliments during the wedding weekend and found myself continuously saying "That was Brenda's idea!" "That was Brenda's suggestion!" "That was Brenda!" I started to feel a little embarrassed that I couldn't take more credit for all of these wonderful things! :)
Brenda was extremely organized and always kept me aware of what decisions needed to be done and when. And most importantly, she was always reachable! Whenever I had a question or concern or idea, I'd email her and know it wouldn't be very long before I heard back. She had 100% of my trust. There were so many decisions to be made and I asked her on multiple occassions "what would you do?" knowing that each time she was giving me a sincere, honest response. (And she also happened to be right 100% of the time!) Even my husband commented on how fantastic she was. From looking after our guests to directing the caterers to setting up a last minute outdoor ceremony when it finally stopped raining, she NEVER stopped!
I was so proud of myself for not crying during the vows with my husband- something I had been very worried about. But, on the last day when I thanked Brenda for everything she had done, the tears of thanks and happiness started flowing!! She had created the most beautiful, memorable, wonderful weekend of our lives and there were no words to express my thanks enough.
Where do we begin?!? My wife Robin and I wanted an elegant wedding celebration in Rome with our families and a few close friends, and Brenda delivered this and much more!! She was so helpful and patient with our many wishes and the quality of her work is simply amazing. She ensured that every detail regarding our ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, transportation, and logdging was truly perfect. We honestly felt like guests at our own wedding and owe it all to Brenda!! She is a great wedding planner and even more wonderful person!! Grazie e saluti!!!
Not only did Brenda plan an experience of a lifetime for Eric and I, she also broadened the horizons of several of our family members. Our parents who would have never left the US if not for our wedding, are now planning their next international adventure.
Brenda has extensive knowledge of the country and its rich history, and taught us so much about the area and it's cuisine. She organized transportation to and from Tuscany for our group, planned day trips and amazing meals, and made sure all of our paper work was in order, even if that meant keeping the American Embassy open 30 minutes longer!
Our wedding wouldn't have been the same without Brenda, and we can't thank her enough!